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ZigBee Alliance unveils dotdot, universal language for IoT

The ZigBee Alliance has announced that this week it will be showcasing the path to a unified Internet of Things (IoT) from CES 2017. Highlights will focus on the momentum behind ZigBee (3.0) products and development solutions and the alliance’s newly announced dotdot—the universal language for IoT, “making it possible for smart objects to work together on any network”.


January 4, 2017
By SP&T Staff
SP&T Staff

“Dotdot represents the next chapter in the ZigBee Alliance’s continued commitment to create and evolve open standards for the smart networks in our homes, businesses and neighborhoods,” said Tobin Richardson, ZigBee Alliance President and CEO. “The application layer that is the core language of ZigBee devices has driven significant growth in the IoT. Recognizing the opportunity to multiply that growth for members and the industry, market leaders within the alliance have come together to transform it into a universal language for the IoT, making it available to everyone, everywhere, across their network of choice.”

Most IoT devices don’t speak the same language even if they use the same wireless technology, the company notes. The result is IoT that is often “a patchwork of translations, adding complexity for developers and limiting users to single-vendor systems”. Today’s ZigBee devices speak a common language and with dotdot, “that language—the application layer at the heart of zigbee technology—can be applied across other IoT networks.”

Zigbee Alliance says it will be announcing more details about dotdot, including specifications, certification, and logo program as 2017 progresses.

Members of Zigbee Alliance and Thread Group will also showcase the first demonstrations of dotdot devices running over Thread’s IP-based networks at CES 2017.